Thursday 24 September – Sunday 4 October 2020

About Us

The year 2020 marks an incredible twenty years since Desert Festival (formerly known as ‘Alice Desert Festival’) first began.
Over the years, Desert festival has seen numerous artists, performances, stages, names, themes and colours; all which have shaped our arts sector into the nationally recognised, vibrant community that it is today. We’ve incubated small events into annual, staple events within the Alice Springs calendar like Bush Bands Bash, Wearable Arts and Desert Song and continue to support local artists through our Show Development Program.
Our ability to deliver Desert Festival over the years is attributable to the generous support of our partners and sponsors. Every donation no matter how large or small is greatly appreciated and supports the continuing success, diversity, accessibility and creative excellence of the festival.
In 2020, Desert Festival is returning to it’s roots. We’re celebrating nothing but our great Central Australian talent which continues to positively define and enrich our community. Over ten days and nights, we’ll relish in all things music, theatre, film and art created right here in our own backyard and commemorate twenty years of the festival. There’s something for everyone in our 2020 program with a wonderful variety of shows, interactive kids workshops, a virtual reality film, book launch, art exhibitions and more.
We look forward to seeing you at Desert Festival 2020.
Desert Festival Team x

Desert Festival is Proudly Supported by our Principle Partner the Northern Territory Government | Alice Springs Town Council | Red Hot Arts Central Australia

Desert Festival Archives

Step back in time and take a look at Desert Festival over the years.

Browse the wonderful Territory Stories collection of past Desert Festival publications here.

2019 Desert Festival